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Quartermaster Award (Boy Scouts of America)


Quartermaster Award (Boy Scouts of America)

Quartermaster Award
Medal, badge, and knot
Country United States
Founder Boy Scouts of America

The Quartermaster Award is the highest rank attainable in the Sea Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America.[1][2]


  • Award 1
  • Requirements 2
  • Origins 3
  • Highest awards in other programs 4
  • References 5


The award consists of a medal suspended from a blue ribbon; the ribbon is suspended from a silver colored bar bearing the design of a double carrick bend knot. The medal is a silver ship's wheel with a compass inscribed inside the wheel and bearing the Sea Scouting emblem consisting of the universal BSA insignia superimposed on an anchor.[3]

The blue stands for the loyalty to country; the compass suggests the importance of a carefully chosen direction in life; the wheel reminds Sea Scouts that they are the guides of their own future; the anchor reminds the Sea Scout that a truly worthy life must be anchored in duty to God.[3]

The badge is a cloth patch bearing the wheel and compass emblem on a red background with a white border. Recipients may wear the corresponding square knot insignia, with a blue knot on a white background on the BSA uniform.[3]


After completing all previous ranks, Apprentice, Ordinary, and Able, the Sea Scout can earn the Quartermaster Award.[1]

  • Ideals: Must lead a discussion on "participating citizenship" and submit a paper on the "World Brotherhood of Scouting."[1]
  • Membership: Attend at least 75 percent of ship meetings and activities for 18 months. Present a talk on Sea Scouting and complete a service project.[1]
  • Special Skills: Complete the 11 special skills required for Quartermaster, which include:[1]
    • Boats
    • Marlinspike Seamanship
    • Ground Tackle
    • Piloting
    • Signaling
    • Swimming
    • Cruising
    • Safety
    • First Aid
    • Rules of the Road
    • Weather
  • Electives: Complete four of the following electives: sailing, engine, radio, boat maintenance, electricity, navigation, drill, piloting, rigging, yacht racing crew.[1]

After completion of requirements, the Sea Scout needs to receive approval from the Skipper, typically by a conference, the Quarterdeck, by the Boatswain at the Quarterdeck Meeting, the Ship Committee, and the Council Advancement Committee by Bridge of Review.[1]


It is currently unknown when the Quartermaster Award was introduced, however the first recorded Quartermaster was in May 1929. On December 12, 1930, the Quartermaster badge was approved by the National Executive board. It cost $3.00. Extensive changes to advancement requirements were made in October 1938 by the National Sea Scouting Committee. On September 1, 1949 Sea Exploring was created. The only change in name was from Sea Scouts to Sea Explorers, or Quartermaster Explorers. In 1962 there were 26,751 registered Sea Explorers, and 124 achieved the rank of Quartermaster in that year. In 1966 there were 18,210 registered Sea Explorers, and 82 achieved the rank of Quartermaster in that year.[4] Current statistics for Sea Scouts who earn Quartermaster are not published, however probably fewer are earned than the years that were published.

Highest awards in other programs

The Quartermaster Award is the highest award in Sea Scouting. The highest awards in other BSA membership divisions are: the Cub Scouting Arrow of Light,[5] the Boy Scouting Eagle Scout,[6] the Venturing Silver Award,[7] and the Varsity Scouting Denali Award.[8] Other Scouting movements and many non-Scouting organizations have similar programs and awards.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Sea Scouting Quartermaster Award". Boy Scouts of America. 2009. Retrieved June 17, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Suffolk Sea Scout helps rebuild a part of her city".  
  3. ^ a b c Sea Scout Manual. Boy Scouts of America. 2002. p. 84. 
  4. ^ "A Chronology of Sea Scouting in the United States" (PDF). Sea Scouting. April 15, 2008. Retrieved June 17, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Arrow of Light Badge Requirements". U.S. Scouting Service Project. Retrieved June 24, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Eagle Rank Requirements". U.S. Scouting Service Project. Retrieved June 24, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Silver Award Overview".  
  8. ^ "Denali Award". US Scouting Service Project. Retrieved June 24, 2009. 
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